Episode 92 – The XYZ Project

Super group, XYZ
Super group, XYZ

The ninety-second episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring an exploration of the post-Drama project, XYZ, from Alan White, Chris Squire and Jimmy Page. Dave Lawson of Greenslade was also involved.

Listen and see if you agree with me, then let me know by contacting me via any of the different routes on the right hand side or by leaving a comment below!

  • Is any of the demo material worthy of appearing on the new Yes album?
  • Should XYZ reform and release the songs?
  • Has any of it seen the light of day so far?

YMP YouTube playlist for this episode

Sad news reached me this week of the passing of another of the extended Yes family, via my former colleague, Jim Sweetman:

R.I.P Mike Dunne, Yes engineer, tape operator and editor.

Mike was a key component in the definition of Yes’ sound and worked with the band from its early days until 1980.

Later, he returned to add his special talent to compilations like, ‘In a Word, Yes’.

Alongside Yes, Mike also worked with many other influential artists such as Mott the Hoople, Jon Anderson (for whom Mike was engineer on ‘Olias of Sunhillow’ and ‘Song of Seven’), Van Der Graaf Generator, Flash, Greg Lake and Alex Harvey.

A generous, gracious gentleman when I emailled him, Mike will be missed by all Yes fans.

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Show links

Mike Dunne’s AllMusic page

Prog Awards 2013 featuring Cruise to the Edge

Win tickets to the Royal Albert Hall Yes concert 2014

The Firm supergroup on Wikipedia

Greenslade artwork by Roger Dean (thanks to Paul Wilson)

Close to the Edge 5.1 release in 2013

Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp with Yes

Sign the e-petition to release the lost Yes tapes!

Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and archive.org

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